When I was traveling around Taiwan last November, I decided to visit the little town of 鹿港 Lugang (Lukang) on my last day. Not only is Lugang home to the world’s BEST fresh-fruit tea, it’s also the second oldest town in Taiwan so it’s got some beautiful, historical architecture and it’s pretty cool if you want a taste of old, traditional Taiwan.
How can you get to this cute little town?
*You can either take a bus from Taipei or any other major city in the south straight to Lugang, which will take you around 3 hours. Otherwise you can take a train to nearby Changhua, and then cross the road to the Changhua bus station and in 30 minutes you’ll be in Lugang.
*If you leave Taipei early enough, you can still get a full day of wandering and exploring in, before taking the last bus back at night which is at around 6.30pm.
Other than delicious fresh-fruit tea, what else does lovely Lugang have to offer?
*I recommend just picking up a little map at the tourist information when you get off the bus and seeing what takes your fancy. A few of my favourites were-
1. Longshan Temple
This was built in the 18th century and I liked it because it’s not over-the-top multicoloured like a lot of the temples found in Taiwan. It has a very simple design, and they haven’t repainted it so it has that authentic, rustic look. It’s a nice spot to chill in and soak up the incense.
2. Gentleman’s Alley (Breast-touching Lane)
This is one of the tiniest alleys I’ve ever walked down, and it is said that if a man was a gentleman he’d let the lady walk down first because a man wouldn’t be able to walk down without brushing up against a lady’s breasts, seeing as it’s so narrow. Haha.
3. Matsu Temple
Although this felt very packed and touristy, it’s still got a nice vibe. Lots of incense and people praying and colours everywhere.
4. Nine-Turns Lane
I don’t think there’s actually nine turns, but it’s a very quirky little spot where you can wander around the lanes and see some cool, traditional residences.
5. Old Market Street
OK, yes, this is filled with tourists and people selling stuff, but it’s also very fun and you can sample lots of snacks and soak up the culture.
Lugang really is a cute little place, and I think it’s perfect for a relaxing day trip if you feel like a little step back in time, or just to get a little peace from the hustle and bustle of Taipei city.
Have you been to Lugang before? Did you drink the delicious fresh-fruit tea? Unfortuantely, I have no picture of the cafe, or the tea, nor can me or my friend who is also obsessed with this tea find any information on the internet. All we know is that it’s close to a restaurant selling lamb- which is apparently famous in Lugang. If anyone knows anything with regards to the tea recipe or if this cafe is a franchise, please leave a comment below as we are desperate to sample it’s deliciousness again. Thank you!
Here are some of my favourite photos from my trip to Lugang, enjoy-
Sorry about all the door pictures, I do like my Taiwanese doors. If you go to Lugang, have a lovely time!
p.s. You can find more info about Lugang here.